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We absolutely cannot wait for the return of FX’s American Horror Story on October 7th, which is set inside the confines of a hellish hotel. Many series regulars will be returning for the show’s fifth season, and the cast is being led by newcomer Lady Gaga – a perfect fit, if there ever was one.

The fine folks over at Entertainment Weekly just posted the first batch of images from American Horror Story: Hotel, which come courtesy of the magazine’s September 4th issue. A bloody Gaga is featured on the cover, and inside are both images and the story details we’ve been waiting for.

EW reveals that Hotel is heavily inspired by real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes, and Gaga will be playing a vampire of sorts…

Built in 1930 by the rich and charming but deeply psychotic James March (Evan Peters), the beautiful art-deco hotel is, in actuality, a labyrinthine structure built to hide March’s murderous activities (think dead ends, secret rooms, endless shafts).

In present day, though, the Cortez is acquired by Gaga’s Countess, a glamorous socialite who attends art openings and fashion shows and maintains her looks not from a steady diet of kale but from imbibing human blood. Murphy doesn’t like to call it vampirism. “I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’ ” Murphy says of her affliction. “It’s really a form of hemophilia, in a way.” The Countess is also insatiable when it comes to love and sex, which sets up a macabre love triangle between her, the similarly blood-hungry Donovan (Matt Bomer) and the newly turned male model Tristan (Finn Wittrock).

Also gravitating around the world of the Cortez are Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett), an actress/former lover of The Countess’ seeking revenge; Iris (Kathy Bates), Donovan’s mother and the front desk clerk; Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare), a cross-dresser nicknamed by The Countess; Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson), a junkie and friend of The Countess; Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley), a cop investigating a murderer named the Ten Commandments Killer; and The Addiction Demon, a creature in the vein of Rubberman or Bloodyface, who has no eyes or mouth but does wield a nasty, conical drillbit dildo. 

While we wait for the premiere, check out all the images below!

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